Kawasaki ZR550B

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Kawasaki ZR550 Zephyr
Manufacturer
Also called Zepher 550, ZR 550 Zephyr
Production 1991
Engine
Four stroke Transverse four cylinder. DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Spark Plug NGK DR9EA '91
Battery YUASA YB12A-A '91
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Chain: 520x108
Front Sprocket 16T
Rear Sprocket 41T
Suspension Front: 39mm Telescopic forks
Rear: Dual Kayaba shocks with preload and rebound adjustments
Brakes Front: 2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers
Rear: Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 110/80-17
Rear Tire 140/70-18
Weight 179 kg / 394.6 lbs (dry),
Oil Filter K&N KN-401
Fuel Capacity 15 Liters / 3.9 US gal
Related Kawasaki GT550
Manuals Service Manual

Engine[edit]

The engine was a Air cooled cooled Four stroke Transverse four cylinder. DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.. The engine featured a 9.5:1 compression ratio.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 110/80-17 front tire and a 140/70-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers in the front and a Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 39mm Telescopic forks while the rear was equipped with a Dual Kayaba shocks with preload and rebound adjustments. The ZR550 Zephyr was fitted with a 15 Liters / 3.9 US gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 179 kg / 394.6 lbs.

Photos[edit]

Kawasaki ZR550 Zephyr Kawasaki ZR550 Zephyr

Overview[edit]

The Zephyr 550 was the smallest of the Zephyr range, and in some ways ahead of its time. Launched in 1991 as a stylish naked retro roadster, it occupied a niche later made very successful by Suzuki's Bandit. It used the air-cooled engine from the GPZ550, de-tuned for mid-range power, with minor cosmetic changes. The elderly engine was installed in a good-looking rolling chassis. A box-section aluminum twin-shock swingarm used sports-style eccentric chain adjusters, while a classically styled fuel tank and chrome-plated exhaust system rounded off the handsome design. The Zephyr's straight-line performance was disappointing though: the engine that produced 48kW (65bhp) in the GPZ550 was retuned to make just 37kW (49bhp).

Make Model Kawasaki 550 Zephyr
Year 1991
Engine Type Four stroke Transverse four cylinder. DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
Displacement 553 cc / 33.7 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 58 x 52.4 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression 9.5:1
Induction 4x 30mm Keihin carburetors
Ignition
Starting Electric
Max Power 49 hp / 37 kW @ 10000 rpm
Max Torque 40 Nm / 29.5 lb-ft @ 6000 rpm
Transmission 6 Spee
Final Drive Chain
Front Suspension 39mm Telescopic forks
Rear Suspension Dual Kayaba shocks with preload and rebound adjustments
Front Brakes 2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers
Rear Brakes Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 110/80-17
Rear Tire 140/70-18
Dry Weight 179 kg / 394.6 lbs
We -weight 206 kg / 454 lbs
Fuel Capacity 15 Liters / 3.9 US gal



The Kawasaki ZR550B is a motorcycle produced by Kawasaki in 1991.

1990[edit]

1990 Kawasaki ZR550-B1



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, dcylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Candy Atlantlc Blue, Candy Cardinal Red
  • Beginning Engine No. : KZ550DE060001
  • Beginning Frame No. : JKAZRFB1()LA000001
  • Parts Catalog No. : 99961-0310
  • Owner's Manual No. : 99920-1519-01
  • Service Manual No. : 99924-1363-02

1991[edit]

1991 Kawasaki ZR550-B2
1991 Zephyr ZR550-CAN
1991 Zephyr ZR550-CAN



  • 553 mL
  • Color : Same as ZR550-B1
  • Beginning Engine No. : KZ550DE0600001
  • Beginning Frame No. : ZR550B-004001,
    • (AU)(Canada)(US)JKAZRFB1()MA004001
  • Parts Catalog No. : 99917-1453-01, (Canada)(US)99961-0310,
    • (0)99917-1452-01
  • Owner's Manual No. : 99922-1575-01, (Canada)(US)99920-1534-01,
    • (West Germany)99923-1291-01
  • Service Manual No. : Same as ZR550-B1

1992[edit]

1992 Kawasaki ZR550-B3



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Candy Atlantic Blue, Candy Cardinal Red
  • Beginning Engine No. : KZ550DE060001
  • Beginning Frame No. : ZR550B-012001,
  • (US)JKAZRFB1()NAO12001
  • Parts Catalog No. : 99917-1452-03, (Europe)99977-1453-05
  • Owner's Manual No. : 99922-1622-01, (West Germany)99923-1374-01
  • Service Manual No. : 99924-1135-02


1993[edit]

1993 Kawasaki ZR550-B4



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Luminous Vintage Red, Pearl Boulogne
  • Beginning Engine No. : KZ550DE060001
  • Beginning Frame No. : ZR550B-022001
  • Parts Catalog No.:99917-1453-05
  • Owner's Manual No.: 99922-1658-01, (West Germany)99923-1335-01,
    • (France)99947-1121-01
  • Service Manual No.: 99924-1136-02

1994[edit]

1994 Kawasaki ZR550-B5



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Luminous Vintage Red, Pearl Boulogne, Pearl Purplish Black Mica
  • Bqinning Engine No. : KZ550DE060001
  • Beginning Frame No. : ZR550B-030001,
    • (US)JKAZRFB1()RA030001
  • Parts Catalog No.: 99917-1452-03, (Europe)99917-1453-05
  • Owner's Manual No.: 99922-1697-01, (West Germany)99923-1360-01,
    • (France)99947-1121-01
  • Service Manual No.: 99924-1136-02


1995[edit]

1995 Kawasaki ZR550-B6



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Pearl Purplish Black Mica (20), Luminous Vintage Red (P5), Pearl Boulogne (VG)
  • F No. - ZR550B-036001
  • Engine No. - KZ550DE060001
  • Parts Catalog No. - 99917-1453-06
  • Owner's Manual No. - 99922-1738-01, (DE) 99923-1396-01,
    • (FR) 99947-1170-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1136-02


1996[edit]

1996 Kawasaki ZR550-B7



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Pearl Purplish Black Mica (20), Olar White (F1), Luminous Vintage Red (P5), Pearl Boulogne (VG)
  • F No. - ZR550B-041001
  • Engine No. - KZ550DE060001
  • Parts Catalog No. - 99917-1730-03
  • Owner's Manual No. - 99922-1782-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1136-02

1997[edit]

1997 Kawasaki ZR550-B8



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Pearl Purplish Black Mica (20), Luminous Vintage Red (P5), Pearl Boulogne (VG)
  • VIN No. - JKAZRFB1vVA045001
  • F No. - ZR550B-045001
  • Engine No. - KZ550DE060001
  • Parts Catalog No. - (EUR) 99917-1730-03, (AU) 99917-1731-02
  • Owner's Manual No. - (AU) (EUR) 99922-1844-01, (DE) 99923-1452-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1136-02

1998[edit]

1998 Kawasaki ZR550-B9



  • 553 mL
  • 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, Air-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Pearl Purplish Black Mica (20), Luminous Vintage Red (P5), Pearl Boulogne (VG)
  • F No. - ZR550B-050001
  • Engine No. - KZ550DE060001
  • Parts Catalog No. - 99917-1730-03
  • Owner's Manual No. - 99922-1898-01, (DE) 99923-1482-01
  • Service Manual No. - 99924-1136-02